English Electric Lightning F.6 XR728/JS , RAF Binbrook
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English Electric/BAC Lightning F.6 XR728/JS, RAF Binbrook Station Commander’s aircraft, liveried as Lightning Training Flight. Now preserved by the Lightning Preservation Group, Bruntingthorpe Airfield Leicestershire.
If the Supermarine Spitfire is considered to be Britain’s most famous piston engined fighter, then its direct jet powered counterpart was certainly the superlative English Electric Lightning. Representing a huge leap in aviation technology the Lightning introduced the concept of an integrated weapons system, whereby its Ferranti radar acquired hostile targets and fed this information to the pilot to launch its air to air missiles with the optimum profile. It possessed incredible performance, becoming the most capable interceptor fighter in the world when first introduced in 1960 and Britain’s primary interceptor for the following two decades. Nine RAF squadrons were equipped with the type and defended UK, Near and Far East and the former West German airspace. With unique vertically stacked Rolls Royce Avon engines, the Lightning could boast speed and climb performance statistics which would eclipse most of today’s fighter aircraft and was the World’s first aircraft capable of supercruise (supersonic flight without using reheat). It was likened by pilots lucky enough to fly this aviation hot-rod as being, ‘saddled to a skyrocket’. As the only all-British built Mach 2 plus/1500mph capable fighter aircraft, this Cold War warrior occupies a unique place in aviation history and remains as one of the finest achievements of the British aviation industry. It was exported to both Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. At the time, the Saudi contract represented the UK’s largest ever export order. The Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) bestowed the Lightning with its coveted Engineering Heritage Award which recognises innovation and excellence in engineering.
The Lightning Preservation Group is an organisation dedicated to preserving the Cold War legacy of the magnificent English Electric Lightning at their Bruntingthorpe Airfield site. The custodians of Lightning F.6 XR728/JS for over 29 years, the LPG team managed to keep the aircraft in ground running condition, which stands as testament to their professionalism and steadfast dedication. This aviation icon of Britain’s air defence capability during the most volatile period since the end of the Second World War was stored for many years in the open air, which is never ideal for a historic aircraft. In 1994, the group secured a genuine Cold War Quick Reaction Alert Q shed, which was formerly stationed at RAF Wattisham, where it housed a pair of Lightnings. Following a successful fund raising campaign, the newly erected Q shed was opened in 2010 and now protects Lightning XR728 and her stablemate XS904 from the elements, as well as being the focal point for many of the popular LPG enthusiast events arranged each year.
In 2017 XR728 celebrates her 50th anniversary of entering RAF service in 1967 with 23 Squadron at RAF Leuchars.
Model features include detailed crew ladder, blanking plates for intakes and jet pipes, accurate missiles, optional undercarriage up or down and optional open canopy.
Please note model shown is a painted sample. Actual photograph kindly supplied by The Lightning Preservation Group and shot by Phil Catleugh.
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A detailed die-cast scale model for adult collector. Not Suitable for children under 14 years.
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Technical Specification & Detail
- Opening Canopy
- Optional Undercarriage Down
- Photo-etched Aerial(s)
|Limited Edition Size||1,800|
An outstanding release
What a great model - it just looks the part. It shows what Corgi can do when there is a MAXIMUM effort (as there has been with this model). They have gone into 1/48 with a model where there is no competition (instead of more Spitfires, Hurricanes and Me-109's) plus they have chosen an iconic aircraft with the Lightning. Great detail, clever tooling of parts and it isn't a 'tail sitter' - which explains some of the use of plastic to reduce weight in the tail planes. The extra parts are great as well - the ladder and jet intake cover. A superb release.
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English Electric Lightning F.6 XR728
After waiting around 14 months for this and with all the attention and hype given to the members from Corgi leading up to the release, I was slightly disappointed with some of the detail. The cockpit detail is poor, the air pitot probe is a joke, a very flimsy piece of flexible plastic. It should have been made out of metal. The tail fin and ailerons are plastic as well. But over all this is a good model and was worth the wait and I love it, but for a few points it could have been perfect, so I can only give it 4 stars.
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